DFIR EducationTeaching investigators in the fields of computer forensics, smartphone forensics, & IoT forensics
Quality education is critical to be able to understand the details involved in the field of digital forensics. With more and more crimes having digital evidence as the primary key to make or break the case. Teaching with great tools the allow practical skills to be developed with students is a necessity.
“Everyone is vulnerable to cybercrime today through security breaches of organizations, identity theft, online bullying, ransomware, plus numerous other vulnerabilities. With the explosion and use of mobile devices, it is imperative that our students gain hands-on training in the field so that they can market themselves for top jobs upon graduation. Mobile Forensics was introduced as part of the Cyber Forensics and Information Security degree at Robert Morris University (RMU) in January 2014. Since then, over 300 students have taken the course and over 150 faculty from across the country have been trained in mobile forensics as part of an NSF grant for Mobile Forensics and Security. Robert Morris University has chosen Paraben as the preferred software to teach mobile forensics. It allows our students the ability to have hands-on access to the tools used in the industry. Additionally, Paraben has offered a price that works with academic institutions. The company’s belief is to put their product into as many hands as possible so that students will have developed skills upon graduation to enter the workforce. Lastly, the technical support given by Paraben is top notch.”
-Dr. Karen Paulett – Robert Morris University
Windows is Everywhere
As the primary operating system in the world, Windows 10 holds a variety of forensic artifacts. The ability to collect and understand these artifacts is a crucial skill set for students joining the field of investigators in digital forensics. When using Paraben’s E3 Forensic Platform students can learn the processes associated with triage and collection by doing drive imaging, drive triage, and work through the analysis of Windows 10 artifacts. The E3 Forensic Platform provides support for a variety of file systems as well as collection options.
Smartphones have become a primary data source for both forensics and eDiscovery, and making sure you capture the most data possible is the focus for professionals. With Paraben’s E3 Platform, you can process logical, physical, cloud, and app data in a single interface, which allows you to OCR, index, and process any variety of languages as well as data from native to SQLite. Students can learn not only the acquisition processes associated with these devices but work through the details of the data with labs provided with different educational packages.
At Middle Georgia State University, we use Paraben’s E3 as our primary tool for teaching mobile forensics. The tool is intuitive for students to quickly grasp concepts and begin examining data. E3 is powerful enough to dig deep into app data, physical acquisitions, and bypassing many security roadblocks. Students are extremely engaged when working with E3.
Cloud Data Collection
The E3 Forensic Platform provides valuable collection options for a variety of cloud storage accounts and locations. From AWS and MS Azure to more localized collections from Slack and Discord, you have a lot of capabilities when it comes to collection from Cloud storage with the E3 Forensic Platform.
With more data moving to storage in the cloud having a solid solution that can quickly produce data that can solve the needs of the collection. With the E3 Forensic Platform, the cloud collection capabilities are included with the licensing options allowing course time to be spent on this valuable growth area in the field.